Families with kids visiting or living in the Fort Collins and Boulder area can find plenty of options during this 2022 winter holiday season!

There’s nothing to envy about big sister Denver as you can choose among many fun, family-friendly options to enjoy this fun season in this area. Take a look at Kid City Guide’s top picks for winter events in Boulder and Fort Collins, and if you still want more, you can subscribe for free and take a look at the many places and activities these great cities offer!

Where: Downtown Fort Collins
Hours:November through February 14. 6:30 PM

Don’t miss Downtown Fort Collins being illuminated with thousands of strands of brilliant white lights stretching through the alleyways, sidewalks, and tree-tops of historic Old Town!

The dazzling display of low energy and sustainable LED lights can be enjoyed anywhere along College Avenue, the northern boundary of Laporte Avenue, and continuing south to Magnolia Street.

Where: Downtown Fort Collins
Hours:November 18 – December 18

Starting on Friday, November 18, families are encouraged to explore Downtown on a quest to find the names of Santa Claus figurines cleverly hidden in storefront windows of participating businesses.

This family-friendly scavenger hunt is free, easy, and safe!

Where: Downtown Fort Collins
Hours:November 25- December 24

Santa Claus is coming to Downtown Fort Collins!

His workshop is set up in Old Town Square and he is ready to visit with children of all ages and listen to their hopes and holiday wishes!

Where: Lincoln Center
Hours: December 3, 6:30 PM

The whole family can enjoy this unforgettable dance production that takes audiences on a magical journey through all the traditions of Christmas.

Experience favorites from “The Nutcracker,” “A Christmas Carol,” and other holiday classics that have forever touched our hearts. 

Where: The Gardens on Spring Creek
Hours:December 9- December 24

Families will step into a sparkling winter wonderland at the Gardens on Spring Creek!

Hundreds of color blossoms illuminate the Great Lawn in multi-colored motion, a holiday village, and a half-mile loop of towering flowerbeds, glowing grapevines, and other imaginative displays constructed entirely from hundreds of thousands of thousands of LED lights.

Where: Lincoln Center
Hours: December 9, 7 PM | December 10, 2 PM | December 10, 7 PM | December 11, 11 AM | December 11, 4 PM

Canyon Concert Ballet returns to the stage this December with the annual classic Christmas favorite, The Nutcracker – Performing with the Fort Collins Symphony.

CCB will entertain families across the region with this magical story!

Where: Colorado Railroad Museum
Hours:December 16, 5 PM- 7 PM

Visit Santa and enjoy night trains from 5-7 pm at the Colorado Railroad Museum!

Where: Lincoln Center
Hours:December 9, 7 PM | December 10, 2 PM | December 10, 7 PM | December 11, 2 PM

The whole family can enjoy this fun twist to the Holiday Traditional Nutcracker, which features all styles of dance and music and is performed by Mountain Dance Performance Company members and Mountain Kids dance students.

Where: Lincoln Center
Hours: December 16, 7 PM | December 17, 2 PM & 7 PM

Contemporary Dance Academy presents a full-scale production of The Nutcracker that will delight audiences of all ages.

Clara and The Nutcracker has the magic, joy, and sweetness that the whole family will love.

Where: Colorado Railroad Museum
Hours:December 17, 10 AM- 7 PM

Visit Santa during the day, then enjoy night trains from 5-7 pm at the Colorado Railroad Museum!

Where: Garbage Garage Education Center
Hours:10 AM- 1 PM. December 19-22

The entire family can enjoy this seasonal fun event: create festive reindeer, Pinterest-worthy Christmas trees, and memorable ornaments- all from reused and recycled materials!

All items created will be a keepsake to take home.

Where: Flatiron Crossing
Hours:Photos with Santa: November 11- December 24 | Santa’s Arrival & Breakfast: November 12: 9:30 AM – Food Court | Pet Night with Santa: November 14, 21, 28 and December 5: 4 PM-7 PM | Santa Cares (Sensory Santa): December 4: 9 AM-10:30 AM| Story Time with Santa (November 14-December 9): Mon – Fri: 11 AM

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland!

Santa will be at Flatiron Crossing starting November 11 and is located at the base of the Grand Staircase. A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase.

Where: Central Park 1236 Canyon Boulevard
Hours: November 20- January 31

Downtown Boulder and the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation department have partnered to create a self-guided holiday lighting tour that’s perfect for the entire family.

Families will explore downtown Boulder through a new lens as they adventure through a self-guided AR tour of the district.

Where: Downtown Boulder
Hours: November 20, 5 PM- 7 PM

Families are invited to kick off the holiday season at Downtown Boulder!

Freezie the Snowman and Santa to countdown to the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall.

Hours:November 25, 2 PM- 7 PM | November 27, 2 PM

Prepare for a festive and family-friendly evening of joy!

Sway along with the Walz of the Flowers and enjoy the uplifting choreography and music that take you on Clara’s magical journey through the Land of Sweets. The Nutcracker is a favorite for many of the dancers because it unites family and friends of all ages in starting off the holidays.

Where: Downtown Boulder
Hours:November 25, 26, December 3,10, 17,24. 11 AM- 2 PM

This Holiday season, make room for your little one and Bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories!

Kids of all ages can visit Santa outside on the 1300 Block of the Pearl Street Mall for FREE.

Where: Downtown Boulder
Hours: December 3, 6 PM- 7:30 PM

During the Lights of December Parade, families will enjoy marching bands, lit fire engines, holiday carolers, and much more. The grand finale includes an appearance by the jolly old man himself – Santa Claus!

For over 30 years, spectators have enjoyed floats created and decorated by local businesses, churches, and civic groups.

Where: Chautauqua Park
Hours:December 9-11

Families can celebrate the holiday season at Chautauqua with this beloved annual tradition!

Kick off the holidays with a tree lighting ceremony, horse-drawn carriage ride, Santa’s Cottage, a historic cottage tour, a festive market, guided hikes, and more!

Where: Downtown Boulder
Hours:December 9, 7 PM- 8 PM

The Boulder Opera Family Series presents an abridged version of Hansel and Gretel, recommended for kids ages 3 and up.

Based on the Brothers Grimm classic fairytale, Engelbert Humperdinck’s adaptation follows Hansel and Gretel on a journey of self-discovery during which they meet the Sandman, the Dew Fairy, and of course, the malevolent Witch. Children will cheer when Hansel and Gretel use their cunning, wits, and most importantly, their brave hearts to defeat evil and live happily ever after.

Where: Longmont Museum
Hours:December 10, 10 AM- 5 PM

This year, celebrate the holidays at story time with Santa!

The Longmont Museum will be serving cookies, hot chocolate, and holiday cheer as Santa entertains your whole family with seasonal stories. Make sure to bring your holiday wish lists and a camera for this special event designed for children accompanied by an adult.

Where: Downtown Boulder
Hours:December 10, 11 AM- 3 PM

Kids and families can not only enjoy go-karts, but also bumper boats, Casey’s train, batting cages, bumper cars, extreme bungee trampoline, mini-golf, and arcade with Skee Ball, Basketball, Air Hockey, Video, Pinball, and Interactive Games.

Where: Kidcreate Studio – Broomfield
Hours:9 AM- 12 PM. December 19-22.

Kids ages 4-12 will get to spread some cheer this holiday season with new decorations and gifts!

Featuring a famous reindeer and our favorite snowman, and Grinch slime – there is something for everyone in this class.

Where: Kidcreate Studio – Broomfield
Hours:December 22. 1 PM- 4 PM

This holiday season, sign your child (ages4-9) up for a Grinchy good time. Dr. Seuss’s classic Christmas tale How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be kids’ inspiration.

This artistic masterpiece is sure to help the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes bigger!

Where: Kidcreate Studio – Broomfield
Hours:December 23, 10- 10:45 AM

Children 18 months-6 years will love this ornament-making party!

There will be 4 stations, each with a different ornament project. You and your child will create adorable wooden Christmas trees, silly gnomes, and so much more! These ornaments will make great keepsakes or holiday gifts!

Check out this option for Kids ages 5-12 years old!

Where: Kidcreate Studio – Broomfield
Hours:9 AM- 12 PM. December 27-29.

Kids ages 4-9 years old will create snowman-themed art using a variety of different art materials.

They will create corncob pipes, button noses, and oh, so much more out of Model Magic® clay, paint, and air-dry clay. Look at Frosty go!

Where: WOW! Children’s Museum
Hours:December 31, 10 AM- 3 PM

Kids and families can ring in the New Year with WOW! before bedtime!

Join WOW! Children’s Museum for noisemaker crafts, face painting, balloon animals, kids’ karaoke, and of course, playtime in the Museum– all leading up to a grand countdown celebration to ring in 2023!

Where: Kidcreate Studio – Broomfield
Hours:December 30, 9 AM- 12 PM

Parents, you deserve a break from your crazy holiday schedule! Send your young artist to Kidcreate to make all they will need for a fabulous New Year’s Eve celebration.

Kids will express their creativity while parents enjoy some time to themselves